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Grandfather shot in his sleep; grandson booked with murder

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Jennings Police answered a call about shots fired, and ended up working the homicide of one of their own today. 

Shortly after midnight, firefighters called police with a report of shots fired in the Highway 90 area, Deputy Chief Danny Semmes said. As officers were searching for the source of the shots, one officer found a young man running down the street, Semmes said. The officer stopped the young man, and he turned out to be Parker Gary, 17. Gary told the officer someone had just shot his grandfather, Semmes said. 

Officers proceeded to Gary's home and found his grandfather, Warren Gary, 60, dead of a gunshot wound in his bed. Warren Gary is Parker Gary's grandfather. He was an employee of the City of Jennings for the past several years, and before that served as a deputy for the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years, Semmes said. Semmes said he and the other officers working the homicide all knew Warren Gary. 

While officers were headed to the Gary home, the officer who had stopped the teenager checked him for weapons and while he did that he found "evidence" that suggested the boy had stolen from his grandfather, Semmes said. 

After their investigation and looking at all the evidence, Semmes said police believe the teen shot his grandfather while he slept, then robbed him. The grandson lived with his grandfather, Semmes said. No one else lived there, and no one else was hurt, he said. 

"I worked with him for 20 years," Semmes said. "He had a big heart." 

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